Reviewer:Jim Da Coach
November 3, 2020 Subject:
Not just a snippet ...
For those of you wondering what happened to the first set, I was at this show: THERE WAS NO FIRST SET. NRPS opened, then the Dead came out, played this one set and left. Chicago's International Ampitheatre was a big old barn with terrible acoustics -- didn't seem like the band an audience connected. I left disappointed, wondered if I'd ever go see 'em again. (Luckily I came to my senses!)
Came across this in my journey this November day. The wonderful opening three of the four song jam includes a long and wonderfully interpreted He's Gone, a Truckin' where all the lyrics were remembered and then an Other One from Mars.
What come next, however takes things to the five star rating with a soulful, melodious Eyes which includes some wandering followed by an ethereal China Doll - Jerry is perfect in tone, pace and both voice/guitar emotion.
What better way ro end it up, but with a raucous Sugar Mag and an even more raucous Casey Jones.
Mr. Miller strikes again and how glad I am that he did.
I wonder what Set I sounded like.
March 16, 2018 Subject:
Who needs a first set with a second like this? Nearly seventy minutes of jam from he's gone opener->truckin'->other one->eyes->china doll. Holy smokes. This is just the third eyes ever played. (Eyes debuted 2/9.) It of course would become a second set mainstay. Not as common, at least in historical terms, is the eyes-china doll pairing. This is the third pairing (of what would ultimately be 24, none post-76). It's a beauty. The other one is a terror. Phil shines...lead-bass from start to finish.
January 15, 2017 Subject:
We all know the timeless adage : It's not what they play but how they play it."
Case in point here to a " T".
Great insights listed below from the many fans of this shorter show.
This is only the third time they played both Eyes and China Doll and it's wonderfully clear that these new songs reinvigorated the band, not that they really needed it at this time,
The Eyes of the World comes in at just about 20 minutes so the band fully explores it's subtle nuances and the more important melodic and thematic changes that make it a highlight of many shows this year.
They are also in no rush as they perform it in the slighty slower tempo then the song eventually would become by fall.
The China Doll is sublime.
They race to the finish with a joyous Sugar Magnolia then a full throttle Casey Jones, which is easily one of the top five of their celebrated careers.
September 8, 2016 Subject:
Sweet! Excellent jams. There are parts that sound prettier than Bach.
December 24, 2015 Subject:
A fragment, but what a fragment - that Jam out of Truckin' through the end of China Doll is simply amazing GD music. Fans of Phil will be right at home here. This one makes a great companion piece to the fragments available from 2/19.
January 12, 2015 Subject:
Highlights: Banter, He's Gone, Truck'in, The Other One, Eyes, China Doll
August 3, 2013 Subject:
He's Gone >Truckin'>Other One is always a good sign.
January 28, 2013 Subject:
Something about Feb of '73
This snippet shall surely satisfy all you Leshophiles out there, including the writer of this review. In fact, I'll be as bold to say that Phil never shined brighter than in Feb of '73 during his whole 30 career with the Grateful Dead. Pity we don't have access to the entire contents of this show, but the He's Gone-->China Doll run is some of the jammin' best 70-odd minutes the band ever played, and we should appreciate what we can get! This one is worthy of a place in anyone's collection.
July 12, 2012 Subject:
February 19, 2012 Subject:
Better than bacon
This Eyes is the best. Sick. Disgustingly good. Wish the rest of the show was here but I'll give this a 5 star rating just for the jam out of Eyes of the World.
May 24, 2011 Subject:
10 days after first China Doll ever
It was a beautiful China Doll, I wonder if the lyrics were originally in that order or if Jerry got them mixed up accidentally.
March 14, 2011 Subject:
Hot DAMN Phil...
Lesh kicks ass and takes names.
May 22, 2010 Subject:
Hot Jamming Dead
Holy crap this is a stellar show. They start out and don't stop. Sometimes these partials are all that's needed. Totally works for me.
February 20, 2010 Subject:
Feb 19th 1973 what a day for the GD
wow...what great jams...the jam band by which all others are measured in my book. great he's gone, other one, eyes...a little mistake in some of the words, but who cares about the words...get them out of the way and jam, jam, jam...smile smile smile :):):) 4.9455 stars